Tag: London Olympics
The closing ceremony of the London Olympics wrapped up last night with a performance of The Who, but we here in America, didn't get to see all of it initially because NBC decided to edit over an hour and a half of the ceremonies. Although the network did show more of the Who's performance during their late night (after midnight) recap, I and many others weren't watching then. I was also following the timeline of the closing ceremony and noticed that NBC didn't show Ray Davies performing The Kinks 'Waterloo Sunset.' You can watch both performance below.
I did see the ceremonies described as the "Brit-pop equivalent of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade." I also saw DJ FatBoy Slim helping coin a new term "hand-syncing." The closing ceremonies did include many classic rock artists besides the Who and Davies. I was hoping the tease of the works of David Bowie was leading to an appearance, but that didn't happen. And who knew Jesse J was one of the superstars of British music? I certainly didn't, although she looked good.
Some of the other highlights were a rock connection included:
A children's choir and video footage of John Lennon singing 'Imagine,' with a sculpture of Lennon's face displayed by performers on the stadium floor.
Footage of Freddie Mercury at Queen's triumphant 1986 show at Wembley Stadium led into Queen guitarist Brian May and Roger Taylor being joined by Jessie J on 'We Will Rock You.'
A British pop star I have never heard of, Ed Sheeran, teamed up with Nick Mason of Pink Floyd and Mike Rutherford of Genesis for Floyd's 'Wish You Were Here,' that included a re-inactment of the man-on-fire album cover.
The Kaiser Chiefs covered The Who's 'Pinball Wizard,' and Russell Brand lip-synched 'Pure Imagination' from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and The Beatles' 'I Am the Walrus.' There was a bit of ELO music in there too at one point. There was a lot of the "cheese factor" during the Olympic closing ceremonies, but all-in-all London put on a fantastic games and should be commended. On to 'Rock In Rio,' for the next summer games in 2016, where they really know how to bring the rock. Maybe Sepultura at the closing ceremonies there, huh?
Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney have now both had an opportunity to poke fun at last weekend’s plug-pulling incident at London's Hard Rock Calling festival. If you don't know the story, officials cut short their performance a few days earlier when he and McCartney kept playing past the curfew time of 10:30 p.m. at the concert held in Hyde Park. First it was Springsteen's turn, at very next gig in Dublin last Tuesday, then McCartney got his turn at an Olympic opening ceremony rehearsal.
At the opening of the gig with the E Street Band in Dublin at RDS Arena, a giant prop electrical power switch was positioned on stage. Springsteen kicked off the show announcing, "Before we were so rudely interrupted...," then flipping the switch to "ON" and played the final minute of "Twist and Shout," the song that had been cut short three nights earlier. From there he and the band rocked their version of the Bobby Fuller Four's 'I Fought the Law.'
In the encore, Springsteen re-launched into 'Twist & Shout,' prompting a man dressed as an English policeman came out to stop them, only to be rebuffed by Springsteen. During the last song, 'American Land,' the policeman pulled the plug from the fake generator, only to have it be put back in by Little Steven. At one point Springsteen held up a sign that said, "Only the Boss says when to pull the plug." But Springsteen and the band ended the performance before the 11 p.m. curfew. He had been fined about $61,000 after a 2009 performance in the city ran into overtime.
Paul McCartney had to wait a few more days for his jab at the curfew-breaking guest appearance with Springsteen. In a new video just posted, McCartney talks up he and his band's upcoming Olympic opening ceremony performance, with the stage in the process of being set up when drummer Abe Laboriel Jr. starts playing around. Then the full group kicks into 'I Saw Her Standing There,' but the are cut off mid-song, causing the band members to shrug their shoulders at one another with McCartney returning to the mic asking, "Who pulled the plug?"
McCartney will close opening night of the Olympic Ceremonies July 27th.
The Who News: North American tour announced, Tickets from cancelled 1979 Providence gig to be honored, band will close Summer Olympic Ceremonies, daltrey gets honorary degree
The Who have announced a major North American arena tour where they’ll perform their iconic 1973 double album Quadrophenia in its entirety, along with other Who classics. Founding members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend will be joined by Zak Starkey (drums), Pino Palladino (bass), Simon Townshend (guitar/backing vocals), Chris Stainton (keyboards), Loren Gold (keyboards/backing vocals) and Frank Simes (musical director, keyboards/backing vocals).
The AEG-promoted 36-date tour, the band’s first North American tour in four years, kicks off November 1 in Sunrise, FL with an initial six-week run. The Who will return in late January with more dates starting January 28th in Anaheim, CA. Tickets for the tour will be available at www.aeglive.com.
The Who North American Tour dates:
Nov. 1 - Sunrise, FL - BankAtlantic Center
Nov. 3 - Orlando, FL - Amway Center
Nov. 5 - Duluth, GA - The Arena at Gwinnett Center
Nov. 8 - Greenville, SC - Bi-Lo Center
Nov. 9 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum
Nov. 11 - Pittsburgh, PA - CONSOL Energy Arena
Nov. 13 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center
Nov. 14 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
Nov. 16 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
Nov. 20 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
Nov. 21 - Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place
Nov. 23 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
Nov. 24 - Detroit, MI - Joe Louis Arena
Nov. 27 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
Nov. 29 - Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena
Dec. 2 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
Dec. 5 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
Dec. 6 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
Dec. 8 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
Dec. 9 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
Jan. 28 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center
Jan. 30 - Los Angeles, CA - STAPLES Center
Feb. 1 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
Feb. 2 - Reno, NV - Reno Events Center
Feb. 5 San Diego, CA - Valley View Casino Center
Feb. 6 - Glendale, AZ - Jobing.com Arena
Feb. 8 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Feb. 12 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
Feb. 14 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
Feb. 16 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Arena
Feb. 17 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center
Feb. 19 - Hamilton, ON - Copps Coliseum
Feb. 21 - Uniondale, NY - Nassau Coliseum
Feb. 22 - Atlantic City, NJ - Boardwalk Hall
Feb. 24 - Manchester, NH - Verizon Wireless Arena
Feb. 26 - Providence, RI - Dunkin’ Donuts Center
If you have a ticket from The Who's 1979 concert in Providence that was cancelled, it can officially be redeemed for entrance to this year's tour stop in what is now know as the Dunkin' Donuts Center. The gig in 1979 was canceled by then-Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci citing safety concerns after a tragic stampede before a show in Cincinnati, Ohio that killed 11 people. The band hasn't been to Providence since.
Billboard.com reported that General Manager Lawrence Lepore said the venue will honor tickets from the canceled 1979 show. Lepore said many ticketholders got refunds for the canceled show in 1979, but others may have held on to their tickets as memorabilia. "Somewhere, someplace, someone's got it stashed," he said. "The question is, are they willing to give that up? If they are, we're willing to take it." He first made the offer on WPRO-AM, which then asked listeners to call if they still had a 1979 ticket. No one did. The highest price ticket at the 1979 show was $14, Lepore said. Tickets for February's show range from $57.50 to $127.50.
Lepore said 1979 ticketholders can call his office to make the exchange. Any 1979 tickets redeemed will be donated to help raise money for the Special Olympics of Rhode Island.
Before kicking off the big tour, The Who will take part in the London Olympics closing ceremony on August 12th.
Specific details about the multi-artist, multimedia extravaganza haven't been released, but during the online press event this past Wednesday (July 18) to announce the tour, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend talked about what they had planned for the Olympic gig.
Daltrey said The Who will be among the artists performing as a representation of "the arts that have come out of Britain," and that he had come up with a selection of music his band will play as part of the ceremony's finale, adding that he was "extremely proud of it."
Townshend stated, "I suppose you might call it a medley, but it's not quite that. It's a very carefully structured, thematic piece...And it works incredibly well."
The U.K.'s Middlesex University hnored Daltrey on Tuesday (July 17) with an honorary degreee. He was acknowledged for his achievements in music and acting. A number of graduating Middlesex students collaborated with Daltrey last year on designing visuals used during the rocker's solo 'Tommy' tour.
Daltrey commented on the honor, "If I had the power to give honors, the students would be getting extra honorary degrees from me. After having the privilege of working with them on my production of The Who's Tommy, I was amazed with their vision and creativity. I look forward to seeing more of their work, knowing that within the visual creative industries, the future is a bright one. For me to receive this degree is an honor indeed."
The school's vice chancellor, Michael Driscoll, praised Daltrey as "one of the greatest musicians Britain has produced. He has been successful at everything he has turned his hand to."
Beatles News: Olympic Opening ceremony sing-along, NBC ‘Abbey Road’ Olympic Ads, McCartney Hofner bass guitar brings $63,000 in charity auction, George Martin documentary
It has already been announced that Paul McCartney will be the final performer at the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in London in just over three weeks (July 27), and now we know his set will end with a worldwide sing-along on the Beatles classic 'Hey Jude.'
Britain's The Sunday Times reported over the weekend the McCartney and the 60,000 people in the stadium will also ask the expected one billion television viewers to join in. The three-hour opening ceremony will reportedly cost more than 40 million dollars.
NBC, which is airing the games in the U.S., has also paid tribute to the Beatles with a series of ads featuring U.S. athletes walking across London's Abbey Road, in homage to the cover of the Fab Four's classic 1969 album.
The ad campaign, titled "The Road to London," features swimmer Michael Phelps, basketball player Maya Moore, volleyball player Logan Tom and members of the U.S.'s wrestling, water polo, gymnastics and soccer teams.
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Paul McCartney helped the U.K.'s Nordoff Robbins charity raise some big money last Friday, as he donated an autographed Hofner bass guitar to an auction that at the 2012 O2 Silver Clef Awards in London. The violin-shaped instrument sold for 40,000 pounds (about $63,000) at the ceremony. The auction raised about $390,000 in total for the Nordoff Robbins organization, which provides music-therapy programs to people suffering from a variety of illnesses.
Eagle Rock Entertainment will release a documentary on the life of legendary Beatles producer George Martin titled 'Produced By George Martin' this September 11th on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Video.
The documentary is a feature-length profile of Britain’s most celebrated record producer. In this very personal film, Sir George talks about his childhood, his war experience and his early days as a music student. Originally broadcast to great acclaim in 2011 as part of the BBC’s Arena series, this version contains over 50 minutes of additional interviews not included in the TV broadcast version. These extras include contributions from Rick Rubin, T-Bone Burnett, Howard Goodall, Jimmy Webb and Ken Scott.
Truly, George Martin has had a career like no other. In the early ‘50s, he joined EMI/Parlophone and started working on orchestral music, music for children and single handedly pioneered a range of hugely successful comedy records with PETER SELLERS, SPIKE MILLIGAN, PETER USTINOV and others. Then, in 1962, he signed THE BEATLES and everything changed. Together, George Martin and The Beatles revolutionized pop music and recording techniques, forging probably the greatest producer/artist collaboration there will ever be. His skill as an arranger and willingness to experiment contributed heavily to songs like ‘Eleanor Rigby,’ ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and ‘I Am the Walrus.’ Martin walked away from the group during the tense ‘Let it Be’ sessions, but was coaxed back for ‘Abbey Road,’ which was the last album the group recorded.
After the breakup of the Beatles, he went on to produce albums by Jeff Beck, America and Cheap Trick.
Produced By George Martin features numerous classic clips of the artists he has produced, and new interviews with many of them including Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Michael Palin, Jeff Beck, Rolf Harris, Cilla Black, Millicent Martin and Bernard Cribbins. A fascinating man, and a compelling film.
Queen’s Roger Taylor puts rumors to rest of Freddie Mercury hologram appearing at summer Olympics opening ceremonies
In a radio interview with KZPS in Dallas, Roger Taylor of Queen put to rest the rumors that Queen, with a Freddie Mercury hologram, would be appearing at the Opening Ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in London. Taylor also touches on the Queen Extravaganza tour, and the upcoming shows in Europe with Adam Lambert on vocals.
Taylor told Bo and Jim of KZPS that the hologram idea was brought up, but rejected. "We are involved in the closing [ceremonies]." But no hologram, I’m afraid...We thought about doing it...I certainly wouldn’t want to appear alongside a pretend Freddie. It wouldn’t match up to the real thing.”
Taylor also spoke about the Queen Extravaganza tour, that just kicked off this past weekend in Quebec. “We wanted something that would represent our music in the most brilliant and scintillating way, not just another sort of band just covering our stuff,” he continued. “So, we really wanted to put together the whole package, the whole show, with all the professional people that we know. We have the most unbelieveable range of singers and instrumentalists. And it’s just fantastic.”